New York

31/12/2013 — Leave a comment

Since it’s New Year’s Eve and many Americans will be tuning in to watch the ball drop in Times Square tonight, it seemed like a good time to share my weekend trip to New York from earlier this fall. A friend had an art opening which was the perfect excuse to hop a train and spend a day or two window shopping and looking at art.

Usually I go to New York with friends, but this time I went on my own and was able to maintain the usual crazy walk-15-miles-despite-riding-public-transit-and-doing-a-lot-of-shop-browsing-and-coffeeing pace that I tend to adopt when traveling alone. And this time, I finally (FINALLY!) got over to the Highline.

I’ve been eager to check it out since it opened a few years ago, but clearly not enough to have made that happen until now. Anyway, after debarking a red-eye and dropping a bag at my hotel, I made a beeline to the Highline to enjoy the park before it got crowded. I lucked out with gorgeous (and absurdly HOT) fall light and weather and minimal crowds. Here are a few snapshots from one of my walks along the Highline that weekend:

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Almost

30/12/2013 — Leave a comment

It’s almost the new year. I’m more excited than a kid on Christmas eve waiting to open their presents.

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Between the wind and frigid temperatures, this time of year can be hard on one’s skin. Looking through unpublished photos, I couldn’t help but think of the winter’s harsh effect on skin when I spotted these:

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Hope you’re all keeping warm and well-hydrated wherever you are.

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Wondering what all of these cat portraits are about? It’s part of a daily project I’m undertaking this year. Read more about the project here.

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Just a few final images from the Badlands earlier this year:

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Badlands | AmandaMuses

I don’t know about you guys, but I think those rocky spires and crags are just beautiful. Not sure when I’ll be out that way again, but these photos make me want to go back and keep exploring out west.

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

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Eye

26/12/2013 — Leave a comment

What do you see in this illustration? I had a professor in college who would often start critiques of work with the question “where does this take you?” I find myself asking people the same thing when viewing or discussing art.

To me, an eye and maybe some barbed wire emerges from this piece, but it doesn’t have as much visual depth as I’d like. The colors are rather pleasant though, I suppose. What do you think? Where does this take you?

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Wondering what all of these cat portraits are about? It’s part of a daily project I’m undertaking this year. Read more about the project here.

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Holiday

25/12/2013 — Leave a comment

Happy Holidays, all! And for those who celebrate, have yourselves a merry little Christmas. xo

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Festivus

23/12/2013 — Leave a comment

It’s Festivus! And look, another blog post—it’s a Festivus miracle (Ok, not really..but FESTIVUS)!

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As you might’ve guess this is related to two of the other illustrations (1 and 2) posted earlier this month.

Happy Festivus, everyone!

As promised, here are a few from the drive through the Badlands earlier this year.

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Badlands | AmandaMuses

Ok, I’ll admit that not every one of these pictures is postcard perfect but I still shared them because even in not-so-great shots, I think the scenery is still pretty amazing.
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Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Looking through these again makes me want to hop in the car and just GooOoooOoo…

Wondering what all of these cat portraits are about? It’s part of a daily project I’m undertaking this year. Read more about the project here.

We’re both pretty wiped out today, I think.

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Here’s another iteration related to the discarded draft I posted earlier in December.

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Both were iterations for the latest round of Spark, the collaborative art and writing project to which I have alluded before. After a few weeks away from this version, I’m not sure that I like it that much anymore. What do you guys think?

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